Good solid run this morning for my last double digit training run heading into the Goofy Challenge in January! Felt strong, steady and healthy. Feeling good and confident with about a week and a half to go until we head to Disney World. Looking at the time – in 2 weeks from right now I should actually be finished the full marathon portion and maybe back at the hotel resting.
I started off a little slow this morning and had trouble finding my stride but after a quick bio-break about a mile in I felt a lot better and was able to move a bit harder and stretch out my legs and hips. After that I got into a rhythm of 7.5 and 8 mph stretches with a 1 minute walk break after 9 minutes of running. I did skip a few walk breaks though near 20, 50 and 80 minute marks when I wanted to make sure I hit some arbitrary distance at the 30, 60 and 90 minute points. Felt good after the initial issue in the first mile and finished feeling like I could go further.
This marks the last double digit run of 2013 and of the 2014 Goofy Challenge training period for me. I have a scheduled 4 mile run on New Year’s Eve as the last run of 2013 but might do an unscheduled 3.85 miles tomorrow to make sure I hit the 1400 mile mark for the year.
For the Goofy Challenge I still have a total of 34.5 miles of running to go with a 9 being the longest. Granted if I add the unscheduled 3.85 tomorrow that goes up to 38.35 but over a week and a half that seems pretty light considering I did 30 miles in 2 days last weekend. But even though the mileage is a bit lighter intensity can’t let up – I need to keep pushing hard on the speed to make sure I stay at as high a level as I can even while letting my body start to rest and recover a bit heading into the event.
I would say based on current weather forecasts as well all my remaining training runs will be done inside on the treadmill – the cold is just not letting up and with the additional inches of snow yesterday some of the trails I run on will have gotten a bit limb snappy. So treadmill it is for another week and a half.